Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Age Range: Young adult & adult
Series: Tales of Goldstone Wood (Book 1)
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2010)
Genre: Christian fantasy
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon be married. She
dreams of a handsome and charming prince, but when the first suitor
arrives, she finds him stodgy and boring. Prince Aethelbald from the
mysterious land of Farthest shore has traveled far to prove his love and
also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be
approaching Parumvir. Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince,
refuses Aethelbald’s offer and ignores his warnings. Soon the Dragon
King himself is in Parumvir, and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely,
finds herself in grave danger. Only those courageous enough to risk
everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.
Heartless was unusual and breathtaking. I was leaning toward five stars,
but I decided on four stars because there were some spots where I grew
impatient. Other than that, I loved it! It was beautiful and completely
different from anything else I’ve read. It didn’t follow any sort of
cannon for fantasy novels. It was new and fresh and it threw things at
me that I didn’t see coming.
At the beginning, Una was shallow and silly. She desperately wanted to
fall in love with someone handsome or charismatic. The man that loved
her was neither. As events progressed, the reason for her earlier shallow
behavior became obvious. She changed a lot during the course of the
book, and I loved her by the end. Aethelbald is a character that I loved
the whole way through. He was a true prince.
Heartless is appropriate for anyone 12 and up. It is squeaky clean, full
of adventure, and beautifully written. I would definitely recommend it
to anyone that likes fantasy and dragons.